Public Hearings & Scoping Meetings

How They Work

Public hearings are considered an important step in the management process because they give stakeholders an opportunity to,

  • Learn more about proposed actions and management measures being considered by the Council;
  • Speak with Council members and staff about the draft amendments being considered, and
  • Give formal public comment on the record about their ideas and suggestions on the proposed measures.

Snapper Grouper Amendment 47: Snapper Grouper For-Hire Permit Modifications

  • The Council is considering options for limiting entry into the federal charter/headboat Snapper Grouper fishery and establishing a mechanism that would allow new entrants into the for-hire Snapper Grouper fishery under limited entry. Amendment 47 would also modify current regulations that prevent anglers onboard federally permitted for-hire Snapper Grouper vessels from possessing species in the Snapper Grouper management complex in state waters when harvest of these species is closed in federal waters.

Meeting Schedule - Dates, Locations, & Webinar Registration

 

The Council will be taking public comment during scheduled scoping webinars and will also accept written comments. See below for instructions on submitting written comments.

August 6, 2018
Scoping (webinar only)
6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Amendment 47
Webinar Registration

August 9, 2018 
Scoping (webinar only)
6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Amendment 47
Webinar Registration

August 14, 2018
Scoping (webinar only)
6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Amendment 47
Webinar Registration

Public comment will be taken during the webinar public hearing. The Council is also accepting written comments using an online public comment.

Instructions: 

Written comments may be submitted by using the online public comment form, mail, or fax.

Snapper Grouper Amendment 47 

 

Submit Written Comment - By mail or fax:

  • Comments by mail: Send comments to Gregg Waugh, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405
  • Comments by fax: Send to 843/769-4520

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29: Best Fishing Practices

  • The amendment addresses the use of best fishing practices to reduce discards and discard mortality for species in the snapper grouper management complex, including the use of venting tools and descending devices to release fish experiencing baroutrauma (injury due to expansion of gas when reeled up from depth), modifications to the current non-stainless-steel circle hook requirement, and specification of allowable rigs. The draft amendment also includes options to modify current regulations for the use of powerhead gear.

 

Meeting Schedule - Dates, Locations, & Webinar Registration

 

The Council will be taking public comment during scheduled scoping webinars and will also accept written comments. See below for instructions on submitting written comments.

August 7, 2018
Scoping (webinar only)
6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29
Webinar Registration

August 8, 2018 
Scoping (webinar only)
6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29
Webinar Registration

Public comment will be taken during the webinar public hearing. The Council is also accepting written comments using an online public comment.

Instructions: 

Written comments may be submitted by using the online public comment form, mail, or fax.

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29 

 

Submit Written Comment - By mail or fax:

  • Comments by mail: Send comments to Gregg Waugh, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405
  • Comments by fax: Send to 843/769-4520

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32: Yellowtail Snapper Accountability Measures

  • The Council is considering modifications to yellowtail snapper accountability measures to minimize the probability of in-season closures and consequent socio-economic impacts.

Meeting Schedule - Dates, Locations, & Webinar Registration

 

The Council will be taking public comment during scheduled scoping webinars and will also accept written comments. See below for instructions on submitting written comments.

August 15, 2018 
Scoping (webinar only)
6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32
Webinar Registration

August 16, 2018
Scoping (webinar only)
6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32
Webinar Registration

Public comment will be taken during the webinar public hearing. The Council is also accepting written comments using an online public comment.

Instructions: 

Written comments may be submitted by using the online public comment form, mail, or fax.

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32 

 

Submit Written Comment - By mail or fax:

  • Comments by mail: Send comments to Gregg Waugh, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405
  • Comments by fax: Send to 843/769-4520